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Sunday, April 5, 2015

April Topic: World Health Day



World Health Day, celebrated every year on April 7th, was created to raise awareness about key global health issues.  This year's theme is BEAT DIABETES and raising awareness on the causes and effects of this disease worldwide. As a global issue, your ESL students may find this to be an especially interesting topic that can generate some lively discussion!

Watch short video on Diabetes here.


WARM-UP CONVERSATION QUESTIONS AROUND THE TOPIC OF WORLD HEALTH by ESL Made Easy:


1. What was the most recent news story you heard or read about concerning a major health concern? Explain.
2. What are some major health concerns related to the environment and the way people live (diet, exercise...etc.) in your home country? What programs and services are in place to help in the prevention and treatment of these health issues/concerns?
3. How has food manufacturing, processing and transportation changed over the years (i.e. genetic modification, pesticides, the use of hormones, buying locally vs. importing)? Do you think people's diets and eating habits have also changed? Explain.
4. How has technology and the environment changed the way we live?  How has this affected our overall health?

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF HEALTH:


BBC: WHD listening with vocabulary activity
WHO: Factsheet on Diabetes
Altius Directory: World Health Day activities
Breaking News English: Lessons on various health issues
Breaking News English: Lesson plan on diabetes
ESL Video: What is Diabetes?
ESL Made Easy: Recommended links around the topics of food, health and wellness

2 comments:

  1. http://www.healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/learn-renseignez-eng.php

    Gov Canada website on recalls and alerts - could be good source for research and discussion for higher levels on whether government is doing enough to protect food safety - or simply to raise awareness that website exists.

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    1. Thanks Claudie! This government website is quite informative and useful for our Canadian students! I do like to use it in the classroom. Thanks for sharing and I'll be sure to refer them to this particular page for follow up.

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